The 80s and the 90s were both great decades for music (depending on who you ask), and both eras have enjoyed a little resurgence in style recently. If you are a fan of either of these decades of music, or if you loathe them, it’s hard to deny that lyrics and melodies from songs can stick in our memories. Artists, Christian and otherwise, have built careers based on the fact that one or two catchy lines or hooks can take root in our brains. We even do this in ministry to an extent, knowing that the word of God can and will take root in our hearts as we allow it to.
I’ve had too many cases of “song stuck in my head” to count, and I’m sure that you have as well. I mean, who hasn’t been driving down the road at one time or another and found yourself randomly bellowing out the chorus to Madonna’s “Lucky Star?” So…maybe that’s just me? In my most recent moment of unstoppable one-hit-wonder recitation, I was caught off guard. In the middle of a small group bible study, I began to whisper the words of 80s R&B artist Bernard Wright, “Who do you love? Are you for sure?” A silent jam session ensued.
I’m pretty positive that the first time I heard these lyrics it wasn’t on the original recording from Mr. Wright. When I initially heard it, the line was sampled and used in a rap song (I’m unsure of the artist) long after the orange windbreaker was the latest fashion. Not to be outdone by his previous work, Bernard Wright took a shot at Christian music too. If for no other reason than humor, here’s a look at that album cover. Apologies to anyone who owns and loves this tape:
I’ll confess, I haven’t listened to any of Bernard Wright’s music other than this song, but I’m grateful that the song came to my mind when it did. While our small group reflected on God’s word, I took the lyric and applied it to God. If we do that, then we are asking God, “Who do you love? Are you for sure?” When we look into scripture, it’s encouraging to see God’s answer.
God, who do you love?
The simplest and most definitive answer we find from scripture is that God loves everyone and everything. Beyond the obvious “For God so loved the world…” in John 3:16, here are some examples:
Deuteronomy 23:5- “However, the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam but turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loves you.”
Psalm 136:2- “Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.”
1 John 4:16- “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us…”
If you read the bible with regularity, you know that these verses are just the beginning of a large list of references to God’s love for His creation. Nobody is exempt from the love of God. Without the love of God, scripture cannot stand on the truth that it proclaims. Knowing that God literally loves everyone can be hard to accept, and even harder to practice in our current world. I believe that when we embrace the unconditional love that God has for everyone (not just a chosen few), we can see just how inclusive it is.
God, are you for sure?
Many of us have reason to question the validity of God’s love for us. Why would God love someone like me? How is this universal love of everyone possible? If God really knew the whole story, then he would probably rethink His love for everyone. These are all convincing reasons to question God’s love for us. We know from scripture that God is “for sure” about his love for us. God’s answer to our questions about the validity of His love is found in Jesus Christ. The incarnation of Jesus is the proof of God’s love. 1 John 4:9 tells us, “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”
I don’t know where you will be the next time that a song lyric pops into your head, or how far you’ll chase the rabbit while repeating a melody, but I hope that you won’t ever stop getting songs stuck in your mind. Whatever happens, know that there is a Creator who gave us this seemingly random ability, and He loves you for it. God’s so sure about His love for you that He made a way for you to be with Him forever.